Kasen Williams leads parade of 2011 best efforts from individuals, teams

December 27, 2011

Peyton Pelluer (right), Skyline High School junior linebacker, and teammate Nic Sblendorio (9), junior defensive back, combine to throw Woodinville senior running back Devin McKee to the turf during the 4A state semifinal game Nov. 26. By Greg Farrar

It was a year of state titles for Skyline High School, and the end of a career for a Spartan who always seemed to be in championship form.

When he graduated last spring, Skyline’s Kasen Williams left a legacy that might never be duplicated in the Issaquah School District. He was definitely the most dominant figure in the local sports scene in 2011.

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Skyline High School girls swimmers sail to state title

November 15, 2011

Katie Kinnear leads Spartans to third consecutive girls swimming title

The Skyline High School girls swim team, wearing Spartan towels designed by one of the team member’s moms, hoists the 4A state championship trophy for the third consecutive year Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

FEDERAL WAY — Skyline High School senior Katie Kinnear didn’t have any specific goals in mind going into the state 4A swimming and diving finals Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center. As long as she swam her best and did her part in the relays, things would probably go fine. Read more

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Issaquah swimmers tune up for state with district title

November 8, 2011

The Skyline High School girls swimming team, possibly tuning up for a third state title in a row, captured the 4A District 2 Championship Nov. 5 at the Juanita High School Pool.

Skyline finished with 267 points to easily outdistance Newport, which was second with 199 points. Roosevelt was third with 159.5 points to just edge Issaquah, which took fourth with 157.

Katie Kinnear, of Skyline, had two first places and swam as a member of the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay team.

Kinnear won the 100-yard butterfly in a state-qualifying time of 54.79 seconds. She has won the event at state the past two years. The Skyline junior also captured the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 57.16.

The Spartans’ 200 medley relay team of Sarah Elderkin, Andi Scarcello, Maria Volodkevich and Kinnear finished first in a state-qualifying time of 1:48.81. The Spartans actually swam the event faster than last year, when they won the 200 medley relay at state in 1:48.87.

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Local schools send swimmers to state after fast KingCo meet

November 1, 2011

Katie Kinnear, Skyline High School senior, takes a breath on the way to winning the 200-yard freestyle race with a meet record time of 1:54.90 Oct. 29 during the KingCo 3A-4A Championships. By Christopher Huber

When a team takes two out of three relays against swim teams like Mercer Island and Newport, it’s bound to do well.

The Skyline High School girls swim and dive team again asserted its dominance in 4A competition Oct. 29, when it won six of 12 events and saw four individuals and two relay teams record state-qualifying times at the KingCo swim meet at Mary Wayte Pool.

Perennial standout Katie Kinnear set a new KingCo 3A-4A meet record in the 200-yard freestyle. She posted a time of 1 minute, 54.9 seconds, 5 seconds faster than needed for a state-meet berth.

“Our girls swam great,” Skyline coach Susan Simpkins said. “They are just such competitors.”

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Skyline swimmers dunk Inglemoor team

October 18, 2011

Katie Kinnear had two first places and anchored two winning relay teams as the Skyline High School girls swimming team defeated Inglemoor, 98-87, Oct. 7 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet.

Kinnear won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 57.62 seconds and captured the 100 butterfly in 57.20. The Spartans won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.97 and took the 400 freestyle in 3:48.29. Maria Volodkevich, Meghan O’Keefe and Stephanie Munoz joined Kinnear on the two relay teams.

Yui Umezawa, of Skyline, finished first in the 100 backstroke.

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Eagles girls swim coach is pleased with win, loss

October 4, 2011

Stacy Maier, Issaquah High School junior, swims the butterfly leg of her winning and state-qualifying 200-yard individual medley race. Her time was 2:14.98. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School girls swimming coach Laura Halter received a pair of pleasant surprises from her team last week.

In a Sept. 27 KingCo Conference 4A meet against Eastlake at the Julius Boehm Pool, the Eagles won in surprising ease, 110-76.

Then, on Sept. 29, Issaquah lost, 100-86, to defending state champion Skyline at Boehm Pool. Halter was actually elated by the 14-point loss to the talented and deep Skyline team.

“If anyone had told us before the meet we would come within 14 points of Skyline, I think most of our team would have laughed,” Halter said. “After the meet, I told our team how proud of them I was of them. We had a lot of kids who had great swims. Usually when we go up against Skyline, it is a beating. This year, it was fun.”

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Liberty girls soccer team nips Mercer Island

September 30, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 30, 2011

It was better late than never Thursday for the Liberty High School girls soccer team.

Kali Youngdahl scored a goal in the closing seconds as the Patriots nipped visiting Mercer Island 1-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A thriller.

Kailiana Johnson assisted on Youngdahl’s goal. Liberty goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

With the victory, Liberty improved its league record to 6-0 and remained in a tie with Interlake for first place. Liberty plays at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Interlake in a big showdown.

In other league action, Interlake defeated Juanita 4-1; and it was Bellevue 2, Mount Si 1; and Lake Washington 5, Sammamish 0.

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Issaquah, Skyline win soccer league openers

September 21, 2011

 NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah high-school girls soccer teams each won their KingCo Conference 4A openers Tuesday with shutouts.

Skyline, 5-0-1 overall, nipped host Newport 1-0. Sydne Tingey, assisted by Brooke Bofto, scored Skyline’s goal at the 43rd minute.

Audrey Thomas and Lyrik Fryer each had a goal and an assist as they led Issaquah to a 4-0 victory against visiting Inglemoor. Jocelyn Eng and Annie Hoffman also scored goals for the Eagles, 3-3 overall. Goalkeeper Ashley Batistich recorded the shutout.

In other league action, it was Eastlake 2, Ballard 1; Redmond 2, Bothell 0; and Woodinville 2, Roosevelt 0. Garfield defeated Lakeside 2-0 in a nonleague contest.

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Spartans sink Wolves in girls swim meet

September 20, 2011

Andi Scarcello takes latest round in rivalry against Eastlake’s Kara Beauchamp

Skyline High School’s Andi Scarcello and Eastlake’s Kara Beauchamp got their 2011 100-yard breaststroke racing off to a competitive start Sept. 13 at Redmond Pool.

Both girls, who have swam together on club teams since age 8, made their 50-yard turn simultaneously and held the pace all the way through. But in the final meter, Scarcello pulled off a Michael Phelps-like stretch in place of an extra stroke that helped her inch past Beauchamp.

“I was not expecting to do well,” said Scarcello, who took a year off from club swimming before this season. “I just wanted to have a good race with Kara. Usually, she’s always the one to beat me.”

The decision wasn’t a game-changer by any means, but Scarcello’s win provided some extra excitement for her watching teammates and may have set the pace for the event among KingCo Conference swimmers this fall.

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Katie Kinnear places third at nationals

August 16, 2011

Skyline High School swimmer Katie Kinnear, competing for the Issaquah Swim Team, finished third in the 100-meter butterfly Aug. 10 at the Speedo Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Kinnear finished the race in 1 minute, 00.94 seconds. Her time met the Olympic Trials standard.

In the 200 backstroke, Kinnear finished 27th in 2:18.87 but met the standard for the national championships.

Kinnear also placed 13th in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.43 and 15th in the 50 freestyle in 26.59.

The meet ran Aug. 8-12.

Prior to the Junior Nationals, the Conoco Phillips National Championships were held Aug. 2-6 at Stanford. Skyline graduate Andie Taylor, who swims for Stanford, finished fifth in the 400 individual medley in 4:44.28.

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